The State of the Gamer: 7/4/17

<–The State of the Gamer: 6/27/17          The State of the Gamer: 7/11/17–>

A weekly post updated every Tuesday detailing my current gaming projects.  I have quite a backlog of games to either play or watch, and I’m hoping a weekly article will assist with my progress as my other accountable posts have done with reading and writing.
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Currently Playing: 4

Title: Final Fantasy Type-0
Series: Final Fantasy/Fabula Nova Crystallis
Genre: Action RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform: PlayStation 4
Release Date: October 27, 2011
Date Purchased: May 18, 2017
Date Started: June 18, 2017

Progress: Chapter 2

I managed to muddle my way through Chapter 1, defeat the Tiger L’Cie with Odin, and now I’m back at the academy after a long cut scene showing a meeting of the higher ups.  The coolest person there was obviously Dr. Arecia Al-Rashia..

I have quite the lady boner right now, but I’m pretty sure she’s going to end up being one of those morally ambiguous if not downright evil characters, since she appears to be fulfilling Final Fantasy’s mad scientist archetype shared by VII’s Hojo and IV’s Lugae who both did utterly reprehensible things.  *spoiler* It doesn’t help that she’s Ace’s mother, so she’s more of a combination of Hojo and Lucrecia in one.  In the meeting it’s revealed the Agito Cadets were created by combining magic and technology,.*end spoiler*

The more I think about it, the more I realize Final Fantasy is more science fantasy than anything else.  Even FFs I-VI with their more  high fantasy setting have that element to them.  Hm, since IV-VI have that steampunkish vibe, could we then consider the steampunk subgenre to be a facet of science fantasy, as well?  (I’m posting this to the Book of Faces, as well…wish me luck.)

I still don’t like the battle system, but I think I’m close to the spot that Cheap Boss Attack told me about where I can pretty much bilk the system.  I also kind of wish they’d started the game at the academy instead of in the midst of battle to give you a chance to get used to the mechanics, but I suppose most gamers would be fine with that beginning.  I like the opportunity to get my bearings, but the start wasn’t that difficult in terms of battles.

For story there’s a shit ton of information thrown at you, and I’m not quite sure which nation has which crystal.  I believe Rubrum has the Vermilion Phoenix, but I have no clue which nation is White Tiger (obviously the aggressive empire, but I don’t know where they’re from), though I did find the White Tiger L’Cie’s constantly declaration of “This sucks” really amusing.

At least everyone is Final Fantasy pretty.

Definite Vincent vibe happening here.

Title: Final Fantasy V
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square
Platform: PlayStation
Release Date: December 6, 1992
Date Purchased: Unknown
Date Started: June 17, 2017

Progress: Outside the mountain path leading to Dragon’s Nest

For some reason my game didn’t save in the abandoned ship yard.  I really hope that doesn’t happen again.  I checked and double checked the last time I played.  I hate to have to do it all over again.

I made it to Kerwin village where the music has this sick, Irish badassery to it.

I’m guessing this is just the town music, though I don’t recall it being in Tulle, and I’m curious if each town has its own theme.  This one is called “Harvest” which seems appropriate.  According to a villager in this locale, there used to be a lot of dragons fifty years ago, but now there’s only one left.  Hm, sounds interesting and familiar.

I still need to get used to the job system, but so far it seems pretty simple.  Bartz is a Knight, Reina is a Black Mage, Galuf is a White Mage, and Faris is a Blue Mage.  Finally, the female characters aren’t consigned to healing!  They’ve evolved since Final Fantasy IV.  I’ve gotten to level 2 in the job class with all of them at this point.  I think I might get them to level 5 then switch the jobs around, since I’d be able to use what they learn on their other classes.  So far this is my favorite Final Fantasy out of the three I’m playing.

Title: Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius
Series: Final Fantasy
Genre: RPG – Fantasy
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: June 29, 2016
Date Purchased: March 21, 2017
Date Started: March 27, 2017

Progress: Rank 27

I’m not saying I got a little misty when you find out what happens to Emma’s mother, but I’m also not denying it if I did. *feel-o-copter out*

There’s a Mog King Raid this week where you can either play with the king or insult him.  Seriously…there are literally options for both of them.  I was able to beat him up until PRO, but he doesn’t attack you.  He just sneezes your characters away, eventually leaves, and you garner a ton of items including raid coins.  Then there’s Macalania Woods in the Vortex, too.  I managed to get to the end only to have my ass handed to me by the boss.  I should’ve taken a stronger sixth unit, someone who can cast ultima twice (hi Trance Terra), no using magic be damned (I just won’t get the 20 lapis bonus).  I’m pissed I didn’t get to keep any of my stuff.  Because there’s no continues, it’s not like I could just expend 100 of the blue gems and keep going *grumble*

Title: The Room Three
Genre: Puzzle, Mystery
Developer: Fireproof Games
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Release Date: 2015
Date Purchased: May 28, 2017
Date Started: May 28, 2017
Date Finished (1): July 4, 2017
Playing Duration: 37 days

Progress: First ending completed

I actually just finished this before this post, but I wound up Imprisoned.  There are four endings to the game, and I’m kicking myself now for checking out the door with the 3 on it instead of looking at the two additional puzzle boxes that appeared on the table.  I figured I could just go back.  Alas.  There’s also this door in the observatory that I never managed to open along with this other door with a star inside another room, and this old fortune teller box that I never activated.

Thankfully, the game allows you to “Change Your Fate.”  You can replay it again though you won’t have any hints; however, you do have the completed Craftsman’s Key made from the pyramid pieces, so you can pretty much go anywhere.  I’ll attempt to see the other endings, and I’m not ashamed to use the internet if I get stuck.


Games Currently Watching: 3

Title: SOMA
Genre: Survival Horror – Science Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Developer: Frictional Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Let’s Player: ChristopherOdd
Date Started: June 24, 2017

Progress: 25%

Oh my god, this game is fucking me uuuuuuuup D:  I don’t want to say too much, because you really need to either play or watch it.  I could never play this.  It’s absolutely terrifying, between the ‘creature” chasing you, the jump scares, and the dark, dismal abyss with the knowledge (?) that everything on the surface is gone.  I have many, many ideas/theories about what’s really going on, and they really hang a hinge on our own reality.

It doesn’t help that I’m currently reading a book by a neuroscientist about the brain, consciousness, and perception and how that three pound glob of jello in your skull literally makes shit up.  It also doesn’t help that I read an article yesterday about how reality could just be a simulation.  You know how we like playing the Sims?  What if we are the Sims to a reality outside of our own?  One day (if we don’t blow ourselves up or make this planet uninhabitable), it is conceivable that our species will create a virtual world with sentient beings who have consciousness, but don’t know they’re in a virtual world (the real kick in the pants is even if they figure it out, we’d either have no way of telling them or no inkling to do so.  If it’s the latter, our own “programmers” are total jackasses), and if they develop enough sophistication, it’s possible they, too, will create a virtual world inside of their virtual world, which is inside our virtual world, which may be inside another virtual world.  This could go on forever with none of the people on the inside being the wiser.  I think there was a Rick and Morty episode about this, along with a Star Trek: TNG.

After this is posted, I”m watching the next episode…while there’s still light outside.

Title: Phantasy Star
Series: Phantasy Star
Genre: RPG – Fantasy/Science Fiction
Developer: Sega
Original Platforms: Sega Master System
Other Platforms: Sega Genesis, Wii Virtual Console
Original Release Date: December 20, 1987
Let’s Player: Hungry Goriya
Date Started: March 24, 2017

Progress: Ongoing

Who knew you could talk to dragons?  Unfortunately, doing so means you miss out on the best weapon for Alis in the game, so it’s either kill a dragon or miss the Laconic Sword, which the villain Lassic is said to hate.  He’s probably bitter that it begins with the same letter as his name.

It is really weird that you don’t really see the issue with Lassic’s rule.  Besides the storm troopers (no really, look up Phantasy Star and find a screenshot of one of the towns.  They’re storm troopers) requiring you to have a passport or whatever, you can pretty much travel freely around the three planets.  What is Lassic doing that’s so terrible?  Well, he is responsible for the death of Alis’s brother, so there’s that.

I will also be watching the just posted episode of this tonight…after SOMA, because I”ll need something that’s not scary afterwards.

Title: Mass Effect III
Series: Mass Effect
Genre: Action RPG – Sci-Fi
Developer: BioWare
Original Platform(s): Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3
Original Release Date: March 6, 2012
Let’s Player: Olizandri
Date Started: January 23, 2017

Progress: 86%

The final battle is about to begin.  Shepherd talked to all of the companions she made (the ones still alive), and now she’s prepared to speak to Admiral Anderson and start the final show.

I’ll definitely be writing a bit about this trilogy once I’m done with the LP, and I’m excited to play Andromeda!


.Games Added to Backlog: 0

Total Games in Backlog: 119
Change from Last Week: 0


Games Added to Watch List: 2

  1. Half Life – I had a discussion with Mr. Wapojif of Professional Moron (whom I’m happy to say I just started following this week) on one of my 30 Day Challenge questions, and this game came up.  I’ve heard of Half Life for years now (I do live in the world).  It’s legend is spread throughout the realm.  I didn’t know it was an FPS, a format/genre I’m not a fan of until I remembered Portal *headdesk* and I’m also watching SOMA, though with the latter you’re not shooting; it’s just first person perspective (FPP if you will), and the former, you’re shooting the portal gun, so maybe?  Anyway, the lesson here is to never discount an entire genre/format.  You will more than likely find something within it that you like, because good games, movies, books, shows, etc. transcend genre and format.  One just generally likes more of a particular genre/format, and that’s arguably why it’s their favorite (or at least one of the reasons).  Because most of the stories I love are fantasy, I say my favorite genre is fantasy, but I also just like what the genre has to offer.  Because my favorite game is an RPG, I say my favorite game genre is RPG, but again, I like what the genre/format has to offer.  I like turn based battle, empathetic characters, and deep narratives, but other genres can have the last two (and there are RPGs that have none of them), so I’m not going to discount them.  I’ll continue to say that FPS isn’t really my preferred genre, but I’ll continue to call out my bias of it (which is why I don’t really have an opinion on them or review them, since it wouldn’t be informed), and I won’t discount a game to watch due to it.  Well I’ve babbled enough about this lol.
  2. Layers of Fear – I feel as though someone recommended this one to me.  It’s probably Cheap Boss Attack.  He’s my game “dealer” haha.  It’s a psychological horror game.  Since it’s fault I’m watching SOMA, it’s more than likely he recommended this.

Total Games on Watch List: 33
Change from Last Week: +2


Games Purchased This Week: 0


Miscellaneous

We finally set up my Xbox 360.  It has a little antenna lol.  So cute.  I haven’t booted it up yet, but I’m going to attempt that this week.  At least pop in Viva Pinata and give that a play.  Since I’m already playing three RPGs, I don’t really have time to start another.  I should make a play order list like I have my reading order list *puts it on her master list…listception*

I need to start keeping track of my games as diligently as I do my books.  I do have Grouvee, and I do try to take down who recommends things to me, but I’m a lot more sloppy with the games than I am with the books.  I’m treating them like the bastard medium many erroneously say ;_;

It’s also the 4th of July, the most American holiday of them all quite literally.  It’s America’s holiday lol.  Some people are calling it Brexit 1776.  I want to kick those people.  If I weren’t super hungry, I could probably explain why that irks me, but the hunger pangs are fogging up my brain, so I’ll just say I hope you all had a Happy 4th of July or Canada Day for my northern friends ♥


What are you currently playing and/or watching? Is it something new or old?  Is it a first time run or a replay?  What’s the genre?  Would you recommend it?  What’s on your radar to play next?

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26 thoughts on “The State of the Gamer: 7/4/17

  1. My friends was telling me a few days ago that he found a PSU stream and he was geeking out about it lol. I missing psu for the 360, it was fun and playing missions in Rappy Suits was one of the best parts!

    The room three sounds interesting. I think I’ll download it and give it a go. Thank you and happy independence day!
    -Luna 😀

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  2. What’s PSU? I may know the game but not the abbreviation lol.

    I’d try the first one! It’s probably free that way you can see if you like it. It’s a wonderful series. If it’s not free, the most it probably is is a dollar. I need to leave reviews on Amazon or at the very least give them 5 stars. They’re excellent games, and I hope Fireproof decides to continue the series 🙂

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  3. I have fond memories of Final Fantasy V, my first go with it was an emulated version with a fan translation. I’m glad that it finally got an official localization on the PSX.

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  4. I should state it’s specifically Half-Life 2 I’m on about – Half-Life is good, but the sequel is the absolute must play. Masterpiece! I’ve got a week off coming up and I’ll be going through it again. I’ll give you $1 if you do play it.

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  5. Whoa, whoa, whoa! There’s L’Cie in Type-0?? 😲 That could be something that connects the Fabula Nova Crystallis series! I really need to bump this up on my To Play list, haha. And yeah, the whole Emma thing had me all misty eyed too… I also loved how Lasswell watched over her. Grr! Someone needs to shoot down that Feel-o-copter, dammit!

    I hope you had an awesome holiday!

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  6. Yup! I think it must be a Fabula Nova Crystalis thing. There’s a L’Cie for every kingdom, and there are four major kingdoms for the four original crystals. You’ll have to tell me what you think when you play it. I’m going to do CBA’s leveling trick as soon as I get a chance and maybe look up some tips on how to battle better.

    It was too short, and I wound up calling out Thursday, but my usually grumpy, old, orange kitty was VERY lovey. I wonder what he wants lol.

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  7. I’m really liking it so far and eager to see what I can do with the job system. I think V is the one most famous for that. It’s fun to see the evolution of the series. I started with VI and didn’t play any of the prior ones until much later.

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  8. It sounds like their L’Cie implementation is very different from XIII’s. I must play this to find out for sure 🙂

    I noticed long weekends always feel shorter to me, for some odd reason…

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  9. Erk! I’m not scared (much) but I can’t get the link to work, now my curiosity is going wild! Please can you post it again?

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  10. D’oh! I think it might be, maybe it’s for the best so I don’t get the heebie jeebies 😉 Thank you for trying again tho, have a lovely day! 🙂

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